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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
October 21-28, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85oF
Avg. Water Temp: 79oF
Avg. Visibility: 60ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Anna
Engineer - Fermin
Stewardess – Vanessa
Dive Master- Victoria
Deck Assistant- Randy
Saturday September 2, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00 PM – Food time!
Sunday October 22, 2017
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Painted Wall
We Departed Belize City early Sunday morning, excited about a new week of diving with our new guests. For our first dive, we made a quick stop at Turneffe Atoll. The site called Black Beauty offers a beautiful shallow reef, which is great for the check-out dive since it has beautiful coral and sponge formations. Searching in the cracks and crevices was great for the underwater photographers as there were tons of small fish and creatures that were awesome for the macro lenses. We saw Peterson shrimps actively advertising their services as several groupers stopped by for a good cleaning. There were also several juvenile smooth trunk fish dancing under the coral heads. Amongst other sightings here, we found a Goliath grouper, several lobsters, a white spotted toad fish and an eagle ray.
With a strong change in the wind, we decided to swop across to Lighthouse Reef Atoll for the afternoon and night dives to explore Painted Wall. Again, we saw a spotted eagle ray but this time in the shallows; there were also a lot of Bermuda Chub right under the boat. The exploration of this site was a thrill as the gorgonians were the wonderful home to tons of juvenile fish and other creatures. On the night dive, we saw the creatures of the dark come out for a stroll and were not disappointed. We found several octopuses, a squid, a couple lobsters, an eel and lettuce slugs. Overall a good site to start off on this beautiful reef.
Monday October 23, 2017
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Long Caye Wall
With poor visibility in overnight mooring, we zipped around to the Long Caye Wall area and made a stop on Silver Caves to explore the spur and groove formations. We found several smooth trunk fish moving in pairs, as well as a reef shark that cruised along the edge of wall and several barracudas showing off their dental works as we passed them. It all made for great shots at different angles at the caves.
For the afternoon, we stopped at Long Caye Wall, where we saw more reef sharks and a lone nurse shark wondering around. Meanwhile, a school of permits swam playfully on and off the wall. On the night dive, a couple of octopuses made use of our flashlights to feed on the blood worms that were attracted to the light, and tarpons took advantage of the dark to sneakily catch some prey from behind. It was quite an interesting dive to add to our books.
Tuesday October 24, 2017
Dive Site: Bluehole, Half Moon Caye Wall & Tarpon Caves
We started off the day playing hide and seek with the rain, trying to dodge it here and there until it cleared and left us with a beautiful flat sea; one that would make a great path to traverse toward the majestic Great Bluehole of Belize. Once we arrived some of our divers prepared to descend to 130ft to explore the stalactite formations, while others chose to browse around the shallows. After settling down and some chit chat about the experience, we surfed back toward the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument area.
We swiftly stopped at the Half Moon Wall site, which would later be the thrill of the thrills as several reef sharks lurked by closely throughout the dive. Some of those sharks got too close to shake our comfort zone, while others darted by making it hard to keep track of their locations. Meanwhile, a couple of hawksbill turtles cruised by timidly, keeping safe distance from us. And we wondered, “Why are the hawksbills not as friendly and curious as the sharks and the Nassau groupers!?” After that, we did a little sand exploration which led us to garden eels, grass shrimps, stingrays, queen conch, razor fish and several hog fish.
And our last site of the day, Tarpon Caves, paired us with some friendly and curious groupers, some sting rays, come conchs. Overall an awesome day filled with adventures to last in our memories.
Wednesday October 25, 2017
Dive Site: Lighthouse Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
With a northerly wind setting on us, we moved to the leeward side of the atoll, the Half Moon Caye area. We stayed between the Lighthouse Wall and the Half Moon Caye Wall due to the changing weather. Nonetheless, we still managed to get in some dives and enjoy the sights of the reef sharks that liked to hang around through the dives. Some of the divers had had enough with the peeping sharks and decided to venture away from them, finding a green turtle, and a southern stingray feeding from the sand bed. As the wind speed increased, we tucked ourselves away into the atoll, and had a calm afternoon of card games and great dive stories!!!
Thursday October 26, 2017
Dive Sites: 2 Of A Kind
The unpleasant weather continued and we decided to stay put on one site for the day, but still managed to get in 4 interesting dives at the site called Two-of-a-Kind. We actually got to observe a crab spawning and the behaviour in which it laid its eggs was quite a little sight since it seemed that it took its time to do one egg at a time. We saw several juvenile trunk fish as well as sea slugs amongst others.
Friday October 27, 2017
Dive Sites: Johnny’s Wrench & Front Porch
For the last dives of the week, we went across to Turneffe Atoll to dive the sites called Johnny’s Wrench and Front Porch. We spotted some toad fish, lettuce slugs, turtles, juvenile trunk fish and some lobsters. Our divers got to relax and do some picture-taking. We got some great shots for the slide show in a more laid-back ambience after an exciting and weather-controlled week of diving.
We sincerely thank all our divers for coping with us and the impromptu moves due to the changing winds and rains. Yet, we are sure that a return trip to Belize aboard our vessel, The Belize Aggressor III, would always bring much joy and thrills to your lives, as the underwater world is never the same, but is always waiting to be explored. Congratulation to our iron divers, Larry, Eric and Rosalind!!!!!!!!